Description - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.
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An orange field of California poppies
- Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.
The State Reserve is established to protect and perpetuate outstanding displays of native wildflowers, particularly the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, the state flower. Other wildflowers -- owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. Seven miles of trails, including a paved section for wheelchair access, wind gently through the wildflower fields. The broad views of this landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors. These spectacular floral displays are maintained for the enjoyment, inspiration, and education of the people for all time to come.
Recreation - The park has eight miles of trails. There is also a visitor center with natural history displays and watercolor paintings by Jane Pinheiro, who was a leader in the efforts to preserve the reserve.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.
The reserve is located 15 miles west of Highway 14 near the town of Lancaster. The visitor center is located on Lancaster Road (Avenue I.)